Cost of watering lawns in Florida? Not so bad compared to other states
It's more affordable to water lawns in Florida than many other states. Image via Adobe.

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California has the top 3 most expensive cities in lawn hydration.

Drive down any residential neighborhood in Florida and sprinkler systems watering thirsty lawns are a common sight. It’s simply part of Sunshine State living.

But when it comes to the cost of watering lawns, Florida is pretty affordable compared to other cities in the U.S. According to a new report by, a lawn care website, there was only one Florida metro area — Lakeland/Winter Haven, listed at No. 24 — that landed in the top 25 when it comes to the most costly places to hydrate lawns.

The study released this month considered three factors in compiling the list of most expensive cities to water lawns. considered lawn care cost, lawn irrigation cost and yard size. According to those factors, the most expensive place to water lawns in the U.S. is in Sacramento, California.

In fact, California accounted for the top three cities that were the most expensive to water lawns, with Vasalia and Bakersfield completing the trio of costliest places to hydrate property.

California had a total of six cities listed in the top 25 most expensive places to water lawns.

But Florida appears to be reasonably affordable compared to other areas, with Lakeland the first Sunshine State city listed in a ranking that included a total of 120 metro areas. The next Florida city on the list was Port St. Lucie, coming in at 43. There were a total of 12 Florida cities or metro areas that made the list, but most came in at 50 or higher.

Even then, Florida appeared to be an outlier among many Southern states when it comes to the expense of keeping a lawn hydrated.

“Southern states like Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas score among the most expensive half of our ranking with spacious yards, more frequent mows, and higher spending on lawn care services and watering. North Carolina metros claim some of the biggest lawns on average, with Asheville (No. 17) boasting the largest in our ranking, 0.62 acres,” the report concluded.

Drew Dixon

Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at [email protected].


  • Impeach Biden

    April 1, 2024 at 7:15 am

    Democrats screw everything thing up, right down to your monthly water bill. Vote them all out of office. Kalifornia might be too far gone

    • Dr. Sprinky

      April 2, 2024 at 1:35 pm

      Yes Democrats screw up everything. They keep you alive longer, making more money in an environment that doesn’t poison or kill you all the while educating you to the best of your ability. The true tragedy is the Republican plans to reinvent the 18th century has failed. In the red states, god willing, they’ll succeed.

  • Michael K

    April 1, 2024 at 8:55 am

    Better yet, ditch the harsh chemicals and watering and replace the lawn with drought-resistant native plants.

    Not mentioned here is the fate of the Florida aquifer, which supplies 90% of Florida’s drinking water. It is being rapidly depleted due to rapid development and unsustainable agricultural practices. Just look at Arizona to see what that will look like if trends continue.

    • rick whitaker

      April 1, 2024 at 2:42 pm

      michael k, anti science materialists are to blame. maga has a very poor view of the future, and they act accordingly.

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